Diljit Dosanjh is one of the biggest stars in not just Punjabi cinema, but in Bollywood as well. He is also a pop star in the Punjabi music industry not just in India, but globally. Over the past few years, he has become really picky when it comes to doing Bollywood films. One of his upcoming films is titled Ghallughara, which co-stars Arjun Rampal.
However, things have not been easy with the film when it comes to the certification process. The Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has given the film an A (adult) certification with 21 cuts. This is not normal, since after so many cuts, the censor board tends to give films a U/A or U certificate. The film is directed by Honey Trehan and is based on the life of Jaswant Singh Khalra, a Sikh human rights activist. Khalra was active during the insurgency period of the 1980s and 19980s in Punjab. According to CBFC, the cuts were made keeping their guidelines in mind.
The dialogues and scenes removed from the film dealt with communal, inciting violence, and radicalizing Sikh youth which is considered sensitive. Ronnie Screwvala’s (the film’s producer) RSVP Movies has filed an appeal to the Bombay High Court regarding the cuts. The film was sent for certification in December last year.
About Jaswant Singh Kalra
Jaswant Singh Khalra was the director of a bank in Amritsar during the insurgency. He opened up about the cases of abduction and cremation of thousands of bodies, off records. He said that the police also killed 2000 of their own officers who did not cooperate with these extra-judicial killings. Later on, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) did an investigation and found out that the Punjab Police illegally cremated over three thousand people in Tarn Taran district. Khalra went missing in September 1995.